'''Robert Latham Owen Jr.''' (February 2, 1856July 19, 1947) was one of the first two United States Senator|U.S. senator
s from Oklahoma
. He served in the Senate between 1907 and 1925.
Born into affluent circumstances in antebellum Lynchburg, Virginia
, the son of a railroad company president, Owen suffered an almost Dickensian reversal of fortune when his family was ruined financially by the Panic of 1873
and his father died while he was still in his teens.
Owen, who was part-Cherokee
on his mother's side, responded by heading west to Indian Territory
, where he built a new life as, in turn, a schoolteacher working with Cherokee orphans; a lawyer, administrator and journalist; a federal Indian agent; and the founder and first president of a community bank. Among the achievements that brought him to wider public notice, and helped pave the way for his election to the U.S. Senate in 1907 when Oklahoma (incorporating the former Indian...